World population aging – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. In five to ten years, for the first time ever, the number of people worldwide over age 65 will outnumber children under age 5. This is in part because people are living longer.
Suzman: The critical challenge is that the extra years of life that we get from increased life expectancy are wonderful, but somehow they have to be paid for and financed.
Narrator: Dr. Richard Suzman is a population expert at the NIH. He says there are only so many ways to pay for an aging population.
Suzman: Making the economy more productive, working longer, saving more, consuming less, etc.
Narrator: For more information on aging and world population issues, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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